Throughout the final years of the 1990s, AFL clubs across the land looked backward rather than forward, with selectors, historians and superstars converging to name their Teams of the 20th Century.
So, as we near the quarter-time mark of the 21st century, what better time to run the rule on which players are likely to feature when the selectors of tomorrow get together in several decades' time?
While every club has an array of deadset legends that can be called on, we here at Zero Hanger have employed the following rules of selection:
- Only statistics recorded and achievements accrued since the start of the 2000 AFL season will be acknowledged.
- Any player selected must have played at least 100 senior games for their respective club since the start of the 2000 AFL season.
Next up, we head to Princes Park to catalogue the crème de la crème of the Carlton Football Club.
10. Lance Whitnall (2000-2007)
1 x best and fairest (2006)
1 x leading goalkicker (2000)
1 x All-Australian (2000)
150 games, 228 goals, 1.5 goals per game
Arriving in time to play in Carlton's 1999 grand final side, Whitnall would spend the majority of his days at Princes Park in the mire, leading the Blues during the dark days of the early 2000s.
A former skipper and a gun spearhead at his peak, while his form faded late in his career, 'Big Red' remains a favourite of Bluebaggers everywhere.